The Close-up Competition was watched by a full house - showing how popular this branch of magic has become. The standard in general was good and those there will not have been disappointed. Competition winner was Christopher Payne with a smooth flowing act with plenty of variation in both effect and method. Very good. Jean Fiahlo came second with the most novel act of the competition (and dare we say it - of the whole convention.) 4 discs placed at each corner of the table move around without effort on the part of the performer. Finally they still do it despite one being nailed to the table! It brought the house down. Third was Dave Carre with smooth routines requiring above average skill. The apparent ease with which he did them made his act a real pleasure to watch. Also taking part were Phil Wye, Mike Cassidy and Mike Gancia - the latter unfortunately exceeding his time at one table and spoiling his chances. Francis Haxton, Peter Scarlett and Tony Shelley filled in (if that is the expression to use) and helped make this event one of the best of the Convention. We congratulate Don Lees and his helpers.
From the dealers at the Convention came so many close-up items that we'll have to mention just a few that stood out to us. RAR Magic have Will Dexter's Ultimate Prediction Wallet again - it was previously unobtainable. Davenports showed 'Clipsation': the method is as intriguing as the effect - or are they both the same? Kovari is selling Bruno's Needle Trick -a clean method worth considering if you want to do this trick. Ken Brooke told us his new version of the Wild Card (from Hans Trixer) had sold out (and we are not surprised - with KB behind a good trick it must sell!) Of course there was more - but space in this column seems to be decreasing in size as we write.
To sum up: a really good Convention.
Space is our enemy: we haven't room to give details of comments about Pabular. They are a mixed bag — happily mostly good. We've been told we'll take our place amongst the aristocrats of magical publications (which we liked reading) and a brief revue in 'Abra' implies we are typescript sheets (which we are not and didn't like reading). One final point: Pabular Nol has sold out and we are having to reprint — there has therefore had to be a short delay for some subscribers. Please accept our apologies.
Old and unusual magic wands required by collector.
Peter Batkin, 79 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middx.
Magical apparatus made to order. Fred Snook, 47 Dartington House, Senior Street, London W2.
Thanks to Pepys, a fifteen minute act with props found in any home or pub. The tricks include the production of a full bottle of wine from a handkerchief. Complete with patter (over 100 one liners) 60 pages, 50 photos. Just a few left. Direct from Bob Read, 32 Regal Way, Kenton. Middx. £2.50 post free.
Magic books by post, 21 Ravenhill Road, Lower Knowle, Bristol BS3 5BN. Lists lOp refundable.
Close-up kit from Hollywood's Magic Castle includes Houdini Tumblers postpaid, $5 (two pounds). Stan Blumenthal, 14608 Greenleaf, Sherman Oaks, California 91403.
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